Hotels in katra

Beauty of Katra
Katra is located at an altitude of approximately 2500 feet above the sea level. Katra serves as the base camp for preceding the holy yatra towards Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan. The town caters the needs of pilgrims by providing a wide variety of facilities and fulfils their requirements. The facility ranges from free/rented accommodations to food and refreshments, railway reservation counters, communication services, banking, medical and police station. Pilgrims can also purchase souvenirs, prashad, books and other religious items related to Mata Vaishno from the various Souvenir Shop maintained by Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

Hotels in Katra

Katra town has got a wide range of hotels so as to suit the budget of a pilgrim. If you are in search of a well maintained and economical 
accommodations then look in for the Shrine Board Yatri Niwas near the Katra bus stand. The board has arranged both A/C and non A/C rooms at the Niharika Yatri Niwas and Shakti Bhawan in Katra. Rooms at these Yatri Niwas can be booked either at the reception or online from the official webpage of SMVDSB. 

Niharika Complex, Katra - Vaishno Devi
There are also various Sarais/Dharamshalas for the pilgrims who have a limited budget. These Dharamshalas offer accommodations for either a nominal fare or free of cost, depending upon their facilities and management. 

The devotees of Maa Vaishno who are planning to see the beauty and charm of this place can stay in the luxury hotels, cottages and resorts. The facility of guest houses and lodges are also available in the town. 

Yatris should make an advance booking/reservation in their desired hotels, as there may be shortage of rooms during the days of rush. The booking of rooms at the hotels or resorts should be only done from the website of the related hotels or from the authorized travel agents. There are also some high class hotels and resorts at Katra which offers special booking discounts and allows you to get a VIP Darshan at Vaishno Devi, at no extra cost. Kindly refer to the terms and conditions of such hotels before you make a booking.

Fare of Yatri Niwas

It's now that you have reached Katra and want to relax before moving further for Vaishno Mata Darshan. There are numerous options available and you have a limited budget! So look in for the Yatri Niwas of Shree Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. It will not only suit your pocket but also provide a tension free environment.

The official fares of Yatri Niwas according to the website of SMVDSB is shown below -

Yatri Niwas Fares - Vaishno Devi

The devotees are free to choose their location of Yatri Niwas at Jammu, Katra, Adhkuwari, Sanjichhat or Bhawan. Just pick out your location and the room type according to budget and go to the online booking of the rooms from the official page of SMVDSB. 

Tips to Remember 

Getting a suitable hotel or lodge is never a big problem in this town if you have planned for it early. During the rush periods of Navratra, summer vacations, new years and other festivals it is hard to get your desired room, if you don't have an advance booking. So plan for the journey well in advance, book rail/air tickets and make room reservations at the Yatri Niwas through the website of SMVDSB.

For the low budget pilgrims who just want to relax and refresh, before continuing their holy journey for the Mata Bhawan have the option of small lodges. These lodges provide you with a room and attached bathroom so that you can prepare yourself for the further journey. They are good accommodation if you want a room to re-freshen for a few hours. Most of the lodge will cost around Rs.200-300 for 4-5 hours. If you are alone or have a small family and don't want to take rooms in the hotels or Yatri Niwas then this is the best option. Stay there, fresh-up and continue the journey. They will also offer free of cost lock rooms for your luggage. You can keep your extra luggage when you leave the room and again take it back again after you return from the Bhawan. Don't forget to take your slip for the luggage and chain them up with a lock for its security.

It is best to book a room somewhere near the Adhkuwari or Sanjichhat; as these places are almost few kilometers away from the Bhawan. If you are planning to have a darshan at Adhkuwari then it will take almost a waiting time of minimum 10-15 hours or a maximum of 24 hours during the rush season.

                                       जय माता दी

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